Jean Dupuy scored his first professional goal and the Rochester Americans beat the Binghamton Senators 3-1 to extend their winning streak to three games Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.
Now, the Amerks will aim to take their winning ways on the road for a three-in-three weekend that begins Friday night against Lehigh Valley.
One consistency throughout Rochester’s three-game winning streak has been Nathan Lieuwen’s presence between the pipes. The goaltender stopped 27 of 28 shots against Binghamton for his third straight win.
“We’ve kind of turned the corner a little bit as far as team play is concerned,” Lieuwen said. “We’ve done some good things, put ourselves in some good spots and we’re not totally dominating teams but we’re finding ways to win which is good.”
Colby Robak and Jack Nevins also scored in the win for Rochester. Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Garbowsky, Phil Varone, Matt Ellis, Matt Donovan and Justin Bailey each tallied an assist.
Robak put the Amerks on the board with 28 seconds remaining in the first period. With Rochester on the power play, Varone delivered a cross-ice pass from the left-wing boards through traffic to Robak, who scored from the right of the net.
The assist marked Varone’s team-leading ninth point of the season.
“Not too many guys can make that pass and make it work like that,” Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said. “It was a good play on his part.”
Dupuy scored in the second period to extend the lead to 2-0. Patrick Mullen scored for Binghamton to cut the deficit in half less than five minutes later, but Nevins scored on an Ellis rebound in front of the net with 54 seconds remaining in the period to regain the two-goal edge.
Binghamton outshot Rochester 11-6 in the third, but Lieuwen held strong for the victory. Since allowing seven goals to Toronto on Oct. 23 – his first game after being sent down from Buffalo the night before – the goaltender has turned away 86 of 92 shots for a .935 save percentage.
“I just think it’s a mindset, you’ve got to come ready to work every day and that’s kind of the mentality that I’ve taken,” he said. “I think I’ve made some great adjustments here and I think it’s shown on the ice.”
Rochester’s upcoming stretch of three road games in three days will be its second such stretch already this season. After playing against Lehigh Valley in Allentown on Friday, the Amerks will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday followed by the Hershey Bears on Sunday.
All games can be heard live on Fox Sports 1280 in Rochester.
1. Phil Varone 9 points (5G+4A)
2. Jason Akeson 8 points (3+5)
3. Jean Dupuy 7 points (1+6)
4. Cal O’Reilly 6 points (2+4)
5. Matt Ellis 5 points (3+2)
Justin Bailey 5 points (2+3)
Jerome Leduc 5 points (2+3)
Chad Ruhwedel 5 points (0+5)
1. Linus Ullmark 1-2-0-0, 2.72 GAA, 110 saves, .932 save percentage
2. Nathan Lieuwen 4-1-0-0, 3.38 GAA, 141 saves, .898 save percentage
3. Andrey Makarov 1-2-0-0, 4.77 GAA, 97 saves, .858 save percentage
Members of the Amerks also participated in the organization’s third-annual Community Assist Week, which ran from Monday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 7.
From Patrick Kaleta reading to children at the Fairport Library to Ruhwedel engaging with military veterans, Amerks players, coaches and front office staff members participated in various community outreach activities throughout the week.
More details on Amerks Community Assist Week can be found here.